There are three different workouts for this week. They are as follows:Workout 1: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running.
Workout 2: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 10 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 10 minutes of running.
Workout 3: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running with no walking.
I only make it through the first day of week 6. Then my left knee packs it in and I have to take a break for a month or so. But Jane is still busy jogging, and I'm busy buying jogging clothes:
Jane: Am meant to do the big 25 min run tomorrow... Feeling scared!
Jean: You are so far ahead of me now! How are you finding it?
I bought a pile of jogging clothes from Target today. Sick of coming home from a jog and having to wash everything I have on! Well, I'll still have to wash it, but at least I won't have to delve into my not-that-huge wardrobe...
I had to prove to myself it was worth the cost. Getting to 20 minutes and enjoying it did that!
Jane: Oh yay for jogging clothes! I never thought I'd love the sight of bike pants so much - can't run in shorts - they just ride up the whole time. Most of my stuff is Target too - good range, good prices.
Are you running this weekend?
Jean: Yes, I will be running today or tomorrow, but I'm up to day 1 of the week you just finished. I was sick with a tummy bug that other week!
My problem is I need a pocket for my iPhone, so leggings and bike pants are mostly out. I went for something looser with pockets. I've been running in a pair of old, cream-coloured 3/4 pants with a tight waist (they need to be tight or they fall down!). Effective but kinda daggy. Don't feel comfortable about showing my legs in shorts. How vain am I?!
Jane: Yes, it's all about problem solving (e.g. phone) whilst considering what you're comfortable wearing in public! I invested in a running band that holds my iPhone and it's terrific - never need to worry about what my phone's doing and it means I can go for the over-the-knee style bike pants. It was $30 from Rebel and it's mostly made out of wetsuit material except for a clear plastic part for the front of the phone.
You caught me after just getting home from the last run of week 6 - 25 mins. I was scared it would be too hard, but it really wasn't. Might go back to bed now though!A few weeks later I invest in a waist band for my iPhone and a new pair of running shoes.
After day 1 of week 6, my running comes to an abrupt (temporary) halt, and I learn:
- jogging clothes aren't essential, but they help - as does a spot to put your smartphone
- good jogging shoes, on the other hand, are essential. So are stretching exercises.
- you need to take care of your knees. You need to take notice when your knees are getting sore. More about that next week.
It's a slow journey back into jogging, but I don't want to give up yet.
How did you find week 6 of Couch to 5K?